Last edited 17 Dec 2020

Conflict avoidance pledge

The Construction Playbook, Government Guidance on sourcing and contracting public works projects and programmes Version 1, produced by the Cabinet Office and published in December 2020, is focused on getting projects and programmes right from the start. Its principles and policies are intended to transform how public works projects and programmes are assessed, procured and managed. It is a ‘compact’ between government and industry, setting out how they will work together in future.

It states:

‘The conflict avoidance pledge (CAP) has been developed by a coalition of professional and industry bodies, and demonstrates commitment to conflict avoidance and the use of amicable resolution procedures to deal with emerging disputes at an early stage.

Contracting authorities should adopt the appropriate provisions as a standard clause in all public works contracts, and use this mechanism to resolve problems before these escalate into disputes.

‘The CAP captures the ethos of working collaboratively and the use of early interventions techniques, reducing costs and supporting projects and programmes to be delivered on time and in budget.’

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